Hi, everyone! Welcome to CNET's live blog of Mark Zuckerberg's Mobile World Congress keynote!
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:39:21 PM
We're in our seats waiting for the Mark Zuckerberg keynote at Mobile World Congress to begin.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:39:50 PM
It was an insane mob outside that we had to fight through to get in here, but we did it, all for you, dear readers.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:40:24 PM
We're being told that photography is going to be extremely limited through the course of this event, so apologies in advance if the visuals are a bit lacking today.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:40:31 PM
That just means we'll have to work harder to bring it to you via text.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:41:15 PM
Tim's tie today matches that of the security staff, so I think that helped us slip past the guards.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:43:24 PM
I can be stealthy when I want to.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:43:29 PM
I'll endeavour to interpret the many facial expressions of Zuckerberg in emoticons.
Kent German2/24/2014 4:43:53 PM
Welcome to Tim and Seamus who will be bringing you the news directly from the keynote in Barcelona. This is Zuckerberg's first appearance at MWC. Frankly, most keynotes here are given by carrier execs so this is a change. Zuck's presence shows how the shows is one of the most important tech events of the year.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:43:54 PM
Seamus Byrne (@seamus on Twitter) and I (@Tim_Stevens) will be handling the text updates on here, and we have Stephen Shankland (@stshank) on photo duties. Got any crazy predictions or things you're hoping to hear The Zuck say? Tweet at us and we'll share our favorites.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:44:01 PM
Or, you know, just say "hey."
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:45:10 PM
And of course there's @KentGerman, who's in a land far away -- a land where the wireless works and the power outlets have plugs that aren't funny shaped.
stephen.shankland2/24/2014 4:45:50 PM
Here's the mob scene inside waiting for the keynote to start.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:47:16 PM
@PotassiumBoron is asking what the food is like in Barcelona. It's wonderful -- if you eat meat. A little bit more challenging to find good stuff if you're of the vegetarian persuasion.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:48:06 PM
@YouBoomCache is asking about video -- We were told it will be streaming here if you'd like to watch: www.mobileworldlive.com
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:48:13 PM
In addition to watching our fine liveblog, of course.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:49:06 PM
Will we see another sucker ^H^H^H^H^H^H new partner step up to make a Facebook phone?
Davisson2/24/2014 4:49:22 PM
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:49:24 PM
To set the scene a little beyond Mr. Shankland's excellent photos, we're sitting in a wide but narrow conference room which is absolutely packed with people. Folks are sitting on the floor, standing in the aisles...
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:49:44 PM
Thankfully no such rumours have come to hand to suggest that's on the cards...
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:49:50 PM
Don't they know the kids don't care about Facebook anymore?
stephen.shankland2/24/2014 4:50:40 PM
About half of the 75,000 people at Mobile World Congresss wanted to see the Mark Zuckerberg keynote. Here are just a few of them.
NWB2/24/2014 4:50:43 PM
And the Facebook phone returns! XD lol
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:51:55 PM
We were being serenaded with a selection of greatest hits from Bob Marley when first we entered. Now it's some ambiguous indie rock sort of stuff. I am, alas, without Shazam at the moment.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:52:59 PM
I'm surprised we haven't seen violence as people claw desperately for seats as we close in on the start time. Just a few testy exchanges of firm words. Standing room only now, folks.
stephen.shankland2/24/2014 4:53:52 PM
A little background to get you going today: Earlier this morning, WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced that they'll add voice communications to their app in the second quarter, starting with Android and iOS. WhatsApp adding voice communications
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:53:58 PM
Y'all should have seen Seamus save a seat for our colleague from CNET Espanol. Biceps were flexed. It was impressive.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:54:50 PM
We're about six minutes out, folks. Last chance for a potty break.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:55:54 PM
The stage is set up for a one-on-one style interview, so any hopes for surprise appearances or musical performances would appear to be quashed.
stephen.shankland2/24/2014 4:56:09 PM
Judging by the fans in the front rows, Zuck is in the building.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 4:56:24 PM
Unless the musical guest is a Spanish guitarist. They sit down a lot.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:57:19 PM
Cisco reps are walking around testing the WiFi, looking unhappy. It's been in pretty rough shape all day and getting all these cellphones (and people) together in a room isn't helping.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:58:36 PM
David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, will be moderating the conversation. An appropriate selection.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:59:21 PM
Lights are down, music is off, here we go!
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:59:30 PM
We're seeing an intro video to kick things off, natch.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 4:59:46 PM
Hey, loud trance music, who'd have guessed?
Kent German2/24/2014 5:00:02 PM
The dirty secret of wireless shows is that Wi-Fi and cellular connections are terrible.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:00:09 PM
Photos of people using phones for searching for things, sharing photos, bumping, scanning QR codes, paying for things, dropping them in toilets.
seamus.byrne2/24/2014 5:00:10 PM
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:00:14 PM
(I made up that last one.)
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:00:32 PM
Now many shots of people in developing nations using phones. Spotted a few Asha devices in there.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:00:37 PM
And, now, wearable tech.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:01:12 PM
Lots of numbers about how many billions there are to be made, how many people left to mobilize, etc. etc.
Tim Stevens2/24/2014 5:01:21 PM
3.6% of the global GDP is mobile. That's... a lot of cash.